Saturday, 25 May 2013

Monday Mischief: Bird Song


How can somewhere so noisy be so peaceful? A place filled with birdsong.

Grass, pathways, a cafe. Volunteers approach, but then retreat. I think my body language, as ever, may be a little bit 'OH MY GOODNESS DON'T TALK TO ME'. It works anyway. I am too busy talking to my toddler.


Reeds, water, play area. Toddler eyes light up. I am not going to lie - we spent all of our time in the play area. When you are nineteen months old your legs are stubby, your attention span short and birdwatching relatively impractical. But that does not mean that I should pass up any opportunity to surround my son with nature. 


I push him high on the swings as we listen to the birds, catch him at the bottom of slides and chase him around a boat. Yes, a boat. Grass underfoot and completely fenced in I can allow him to toddle further and further away from me. Peekaboo suddenly becomes a lot more interesting when one is allowed to genuinely hide...... BOO. Is it normal for a toddler to giggle so emphatically when made to jump out of their skin?

The reserve is free to visit and if you were going to wander around it, could take up your whole day. I picked up a leaflet and realised they also have a whole host of events planned throughout the year: guided walks, photography courses, children activity days. Ah, bliss. Even a 'dawn chorus walk' - while Elis would manage the hours involved, I am less convinced about his ability to stay quiet and not scare off any nearby feathered friends. One day. Until then, a teddy bear's picnic sounds more our kind of thing.

We purchased a cuddly blackbird on the way out; if you squeeze his tummy he sings a real bird song. What a wonderful way for a child (or adult) to learn the distinguishing songs of each bird. We stick with the blackbird and I resist the urge to buy a bird for which I don't know the song. But let us start simple - a blackbird; a bird that my little boy can spy on from the living room window, giggling as he cuddles his replica. One day he will have the whole set and be the one teaching me.

Until then we are going to play in the park and listen to our friend, the blackbird, singing his pretty song in the trees. 

Do you have a favourite bird?


Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall
I'm linking up with Country Kids. It is all about having fun outdoors; spending time away from screens and sofas and enjoying playing, crafting or learning outside anywhere from the garden to the beach. Stretching limbs and imagination and enjoying family time is important for us all.

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  1. i am not surprised your son's eyes lit up upon seeing that great park! its great when a place to encourage nature spotting is so accessible for families and ways to entertain children too.
    hmmm favourite bird - i quite like a robin redbreast i think x

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    1. I know - it's wonderful isn't it. It makes it a fun, normal place to be so that when they become old enough, they will love and understand the nature too.

      Lovely choice - I love seeing little robins in the garden. I'm sure they're the most friendly too :-)

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  2. I'm with you Jenny - a Robin Redbreast has a beautiful song. What a lovely place to spend a day with so many activities and places to explore for all ages. Thanks for sharing with Country Kids.

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    1. Thanks for hosting the link up :-)

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  3. Sounds like a really lovely place to spend the day... I love blackbirds too, they are such characters!

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    1. I know. I'm looking forward to going back - but have to pace myself otherwise I'll end up spending a small fortune on these cuddly toy birds! :-)

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  4. What a lovely park, your son looks likes he's having a fantastic time! I also love robins, but have to say I have a soft spot for blue tits, such pretty little birds :) #CountryKids

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    1. Oh aren't they just. Blue tits make me think of when I was little - my dad hung a bird feeder right outside my bedroom window, so every morning I would open the curtains ever so carefully (or just not shut them at night) so that I could sit and watch the blue tits nibbling at the peanuts.

      Thank you for visiting :-)

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  5. Sounds like a great place to be able to visit and your son looks like he had a fabulous time!

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